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Clip of a Congo choir singing and dancing in Zimbabwe. Olu and Kay Taiwo, founders of Vision For Life Ministries speak.
With over 1,000 people continuing to die each day from conflict-related causes, five million have perished in seven years, more than any other conflict since the Second World War. Along with the heinous atrocities of barbarism, starvation, the massively orphaned and homeless, rampant infectious disease and death, with nearly 50 million people cut off from even the most basic of essentials, perhaps the most unimaginable aspect of the Congo war is the widespread use of genocidal rape as an instrument of war by members of both the national military and armed rebels. The social and health complications produced by this horror of genocidal rape have been menacing, with, more often than not, the victimized women bearing the children of the rapists, causing the social fabric of a nation already in the throes of the intolerable to be savagely torn apart.
In this classroom outside Goma, eastern DR Congo every child has their own war story to tell, orphaned, or wounded,living through their nightmares, waiting for their families to be found. Just ten years old Rachelle has had to become a mother to her little brother, making this tiny shelter their home. For more than a year now these two children have been utterly alone. ìThe children have paid a very high price, they are born, most of them are dying of rare diseases, and illiterate, they havenít gone to school, and the war, let us say it is really a bad thing.î Not far away young Habimana is not yet back in school. Since the recent peace conference the UN blue helmets are out in force here. The date on the black board remains untouched since soldiers ransacked this place, cleaning out the clinic, looting the medicines, taking eight of his school mates.
Since 1994, the Congo has been the victim of a civil war that is considered as one of the bloodiest conflicts since World War II claiming the lives of 4 million people and displacing millions more.
Action Against Hunger has been active in the Congo since 1996 and has succeeded in reducing starvation, assisting more than 400,000 people with nutrition, water and sanitation, and food security programs.
Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960, but its early years were marred by political and social instability. Col. Joseph MOBUTU seized power and declared himself president in a November 1965 coup. He subsequently changed his name - to MOBUTU Sese Seko - as well as that of the country - to Zaire. MOBUTU retained his position for 32 years through several sham elections, as well as through the use of brutal force. Ethnic strife and civil war, touched off by a massive inflow of refugees in 1994 from fighting in Rwanda and Burundi, led in May 1997 to the toppling of the MOBUTU regime by a rebellion backed by Rwanda and Uganda and fronted by Laurent KABILA. He renamed the country the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but in August 1998 his regime was itself challenged by a second insurrection again backed by Rwanda and Uganda. Troops from Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe intervened to support KABILA's regime. A cease-fire was signed in July 1999 by the DRC, Congolese armed rebel groups, Angola, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe but sporadic fighting continued. Laurent KABILA was assassinated in January 2001 and his son, Joseph KABILA, was named head of state. In October 2002, the new president was successful in negotiating the withdrawal of Rwandan forces occupying eastern Congo; two months later, the Pretoria Accord was signed by all remaining warring parties to end the fighting and establish a government of national unity. A transitional government was set up in July 2003. Joseph KABILA as president and four vice presidents represented the former government, former rebel groups, the political opposition, and civil society. The transitional government held a successful constitutional referendum in December 2005 and elections for the presidency, National Assembly, and provincial legislatures in 2006. KABILA was inaugurated president in December 2006. The National Assembly was installed in September 2006. Its president, Vital KAMERHE, was chosen in December. Provincial assemblies were constituted in early 2007, and elected governors and national senators in January 2007.
Upon independence in 1960, the former French region of Middle Congo became the Republic of the Congo. A quarter century of experimentation with Marxism was abandoned in 1990 and a democratically elected government took office in 1992. A brief civil war in 1997 restored former Marxist President Denis SASSOU-NGUESSO, and ushered in a period of ethnic and political unrest. Southern-based rebel groups agreed to a final peace accord in March 2003, but the calm is tenuous and refugees continue to present a humanitarian crisis. The Republic of Congo was once one of Africa's largest petroleum producers, but with declining production it will need new offshore oil finds to sustain its oil earnings over the long term.
In the Heart of the Congo, at the end of a war, a handful of aid workers help refugees who have lost everything. They mobilize villagers to dig wells for clean water, train health workers, and nurse children with acute malnutrition back to health. They are confronted with threats of violence from roving militias, systemic corruption, and a legacy of colonial dependency. In spite of this the Congolese and European aid workers struggle to encourage the will, and build the skills, necessary for a self-sufficient future. Heart of the Congo is a film about courage, hope, and perseverance.
In the Heart of the Congo, at the end of a war, a handful of aid workers help refugees who have lost everything. They mobilized communities to dig wells for clean water, train health workers, and nurse children with acute malnutrition back to health.
Here you have an excerpt from the documentary/movie, Heart of the Congo, depicting the construction of a well and how it is so essential to the survival of a community.
In the Heart of the Congo, at the end of a terrible war, a handful of aid workers help refugees who have lost everything. They mobilize villagers to dig wells for clean water, train health workers, and nurse children with acute malnutrition back to health. They are confronted with threats of violence from roving militias, systemic corruption, and a legacy of colonial dependency. And there are times when it is very clear that these workers exist apart from those they aim to help, benefiting from services and luxuries of the modern world that are beyond the reach of the rural Congolese. In spite of this the Congolese and European aid workers struggle to encourage the will, and build the skills, necessary for self-sufficient future. Heart of the Congo is a film about courage, hope, and perseverance.
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